Following his commission, George attended Basic Training in Quantico, Virginia and proceeded to the U.S. Navy’s flight school at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. George was a Marine Aviator for four years, during which time he flew various aircraft (both single- and multi-engine- aircraft), including the Fairchild R4Q Flying Boxcar. Before leaving the Marines, George achieved the rank of Captain.
George was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1960 after which he joined Shell Oil Company. From there, George moved into investment banking, embarking on a career that spanned over half a century. Between 1961 and 1969, George worked for Reynolds and Company and Kidder Peabody in Boston. After Kidder, George joined the investment banking firm of Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette in New York as one of its earliest members. He remained with DLJ through 1983, rising to the position of Managing Director. DLJ was the first Wall Street firm to become publicly traded and grew to over 11,000 employees before being acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000 for $11.5 billion.
George relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina to serve as CEO of a management buyout he led while at DLJ. He ultimately decided to return to investment banking and started his own merger and acquisition advisory firm in 1988, George Ball & Company. After meeting Bob, the two founders decided to combine their expertise and started Philpott Ball & Company in early 1991. In 2000, the firm changed its name to Philpott Ball & Werner, shortly after Ted Werner established the firm’s Boston office.
Throughout his career, George focused on advising Aerospace, Defense and Industrial companies throughout North America. George served on numerous Boards of Directors throughout his career including EDO Corporation, B.B. Walker, Juno Lighting and Sterner Lighting while building a leading boutique investment bank. Since its founding, Philpott Ball and Werner has focused on providing superior customer advice, based on sound research and a culture of integrity. George was Chairman and Managing Director until his retirement in 2012, and remains on the executive advisory board of Philpott Ball and Werner, Inc. He now lives in the mountains of North Carolina.